40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Sam Hoadley


Mt. Cuba Center

Job Title

Manager of Horticultural Research


  • Authors helenium, echinacea, wild hydrangea and carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region Research Reports that are published on a yearly basis at Mt. Cuba Center.
  • Provides homeowners and the nursery industry with reliable information to help them make informed decisions when selecting native plants in the mid-Atlantic region.


When at Home: Sam loves being a dad and spending time outdoors with his family, along with gardening, woodworking, and painting.

Fun Facts

A Trip to Isla Nublar: Sam most enjoys vacationing to Cape Rosier on the coast of Maine, but his favorite movie takes him to a different location: “‘Jurassic Park’ captured my imagination at an early age and still holds up today.”